Nakao Castle (Kai)
Nakaojō was said to have been by tradition originally built by Takeda Nobumitsu, but this early history is unverified. In the Sengoku period, a residence was built here by Obata Toramori, a vassal of Takeda Shingen, after he was granted land here for his distinguished service. After the fall of the Takeda Clan in 1582, Nakaojō was expanded into a large fort with four baileys by the Hōjō Clan who used it as a connecting castle between Wakamikojō and Shishikujō. This is probably why the castle is called Nakaojō and not ‘Obata-yashiki’. ‘Nakao’ means ‘middle ridge’; the castle was located on a hill between the river terraces of the Sutama and Shio rivers.
No ruins remain of Nakaojō, originally a hilltop yamajiro (mountaintop castle), as it was redeveloped as terraced fields. There were flags denoting the site, which was nice, and an old, faded signboard.
|English Name||Kai Nakao Castle|
|Founder||Takeda Nobumitsu; Obata Toramori|
|Year Founded||Sengoku Period|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Visitor Information||24/7 free; fields|
|Time Required||10 minutes|
|Location||Hokuto, Yamanashi Prefecture|
|Coordinates||35° 48' 7.52" N, 138° 26' 12.12" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2022|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
|Friends of JCastle|
|Oshiro Tabi Nikki|